Best of Smartphone Experts, 03 Oct 2010

Exclusive: HTC Merge Hands-on preview, HTC Merge photo gallery, benchmarks. Exclusive hands-on with the Samsung Continuum Official Android Central app now available BlackBerry PlayBook Announced! CrackBerry's BlackBerry DevCon 2010 Coverage and Announcements CrackBerry 2010 App Awards Winners Announced...

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CrackBerry App Awards Party Videos!

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] The CrackBerry App Awards party went down as a huge success this week. With over 200 people packed into Xobni's awesome headquarters, it was a perfect venue and atmosphere to hand out the 2010 Crackies. Big thanks also go to the BlackBerry Partners Fund for sponsoring the event and make it all possible. I have a feelng we'll be doing it up again in...

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Devcon 2010 roundup - BlackBerry PlayBook and developer tools galore!

Devcon 2010 roundup - BlackBerry PlayBook and developer tools galore!

Wow. What an action packed DevCon it has been here in San Francisco. We went into the keynote Monday afternoon hoping but not expecting anything crazy, but RIM sure gave us a nice surprise. In the midst of all the talk of WebWorks and new tools for developers came the big announcement of the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM's first tablet device featuring the entirely new QNX-based BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 1st, 2010! Win 1 of 25 copies of TyperLearn!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Yee-haw! I reckon BlackBerry users this week have been happier than a pig in…well, you get the idea. It’s been all about Devcon 2010 and, more importantly, the first look of that sneaky critter- the PlayBook! Rogers Wireless customers can now go out and hog tie their own Torch 9800. I got mine, but can’t play with it yet- I’ve loaded up the little...

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets Vodafone UK pricing

BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets Vodafone UK pricing

With the BlackBerry Torch 9800 well and truly available in the UK, Vodafone looks set to releasing another BlackBerry in the very near future. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 tariff prices have just been outed so we should expect to see them in stores soon. We haven't even seen a release day of any kind for the 9780, so having the prices out and about is pretty crazy. We know already that the Bold...

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Fast Scroll for BlackBerry now available - 100 copies up for grabs!

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] If you find youself constantly flicking your trackball/trackpad up or down to run through emails, tasks, photo lists or BBM converstions then we may have just what you need. The new app Fast Scroll from Virtual Fidelity simplifies the scrolling process in some native BlackBerry apps. Need to run through your emails quickly? Just hold the up or down...

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Day2Night automatically changes your BlackBerry wallpaper ever hour of the day

If you're tired of that boring, static wallpaper on your Torch it may be time for something new. Day2Night is a brand new theme that automatically changes the wallpaper on your device every hour. This cool theme changes your background to a great landscape scene throughout the day giving your Torch a little spice. Features include: First Ever Hour by Hour Live Wallpaper for the Blackberry...

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Gym Technik upgrades with new features and OS6/Torch compatibility

Gym Technik upgrades with new features and OS6/Torch compatibility

It's been quite the week for the guys over at Gym Technik. First they won a CrackBerry App Awards for Best Health App for the second year in a row, and now we've just received a tip that their app has been upgraded with a couple of neat new features. Off the bat, the app is now compatible with the Torch and also any models running OS6. This is good news for any subscribing Gym Technik...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Over the years we have seen many different OS replica themes come across our forums, some replace just the icons while others go for a whole device overhaul, and this is exactly what BlingBerry Themes has done with their latest. The iPhone Simulator is a very fitting name for this theme as it will leave users wondering if they are really playing...

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CrackBerry App Awards 2010 winners announced!

CrackBerry App Awards 2010 winners announced!

Devcon 2010 has officially come to a close and it was a great success all around. Closing out the week with a BANG (literally, you should have heard the sound effects!) we held our first live CrackBerry App Awards on Wednesday night and had an amazing turnout. There was plenty of food, booze and good times to be had. HUGE thanks go to Xobni, the BlackBerry Partners Fund and everyone that came...

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Official OS 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available from Rogers and Telus

Rogers and Telus are getting things done and have officially released OS 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Now anyone on AT&T still rocking the stock OS can upgrade and any Canadian users have something new to play around with. Reports are somewhat mixed on this one with some people loving the OS and others not, so if you're up for it give it a go and leave a comment with your...

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AppleBerry 2.0 Theme Suite by BlingBerry Themes - 1 of 50 free copies

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] If you're an active member in the CrackBerry Themes forum, which we know you all are, you have probably already seen Hastings AppleBerry Theme Suite, but for those who are living in a nutshell, you won't want to miss this. This update brings graphical enhancements, a reworked "stacks" mechanism (which is so awesome) that actually allows users to see...

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 available in the UK today

BlackBerry Torch 9800 available in the UK today

For those of us in the UK waiting eagerly for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the wait is finally over. Phones 4U confirmed yesterday through Twitter that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available to UK customers online and in store from today, October 1st. You'll be able to get it on the Orange and Vodafone networks for free on a 2 year contract. Orange tariffs start from £35. This will give...

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BlackBerry Storm 3 (9570) cancelled on Verizon?!

BlackBerry Storm 3 (9570) cancelled on Verizon?!

Looking for some more BlackBerry Storm 3 news? Well, here is a little tidbit of information that may interest some of you all out there. It seems as though the BlackBerry Storm 3 on Verizon has indeed been cancelled. Reason? It's too close to the BlackBerry Storm 2 and not enough of an upgrade to make it to the Verizon line up of BlackBerry smartphones. So, does that mean the Storm 2 refresh...

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BlackBerry barcode and scanner apps decoded

BlackBerry barcode and scanner apps decoded

We use many types of bar codes in our everyday life. Nearly everything we buy has a UPC code printed on it. The CrackBerry app store features QR codes in the description for every app. Magazines and even books use these codes to rapidly steer their readers to more information. To make use of all these codes, you need a good scanner. I tested four of them: Edocrab, ScanLife, Sccope, and...

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Redial On! - Call back dropped calls automatically!

Redial On! - Call back dropped calls automatically!

Dropped calls are a fact of life when you use a cell phone. No matter what carrier you have, or what kind of phone, you will eventually have a dropped call. Redial On! is a small utility application for BlackBerry that will automatically call back for you when your call is dropped due to network error. You simply set up the criteria you want the app to function under, and it runs in the...

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Contest: Simplified for BlackBerry Torch by BBThemes. 100 copies to be won!

Contest: Simplified for BlackBerry Torch by BBThemes. 100 copies to be won!

One of the most exciting aspects of being the owner of a BlackBerry Torch is the operating system, BlackBerry 6. While not an entirely new concept for RIM, the new OS gives your BlackBerry screen a nice built-in facelift. Many people like to customize their device with new themes, but until this week when BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta became available, Torch users were out of luck. There...

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Press Release: Personal Guardian released in BlackBerry App World!

Press Release: Personal Guardian released in BlackBerry App World!

If you've ever been worried about your safety when walking alone at night, or while in unfamiliar territory, then you know how valuable a peace of mind knowing help is at the push of a button can be. Personal Guardian is a one-push panic button that when activated will silently trigger a call to an emergency (or pre-configured) number as well as an email, SMS message, and Tweet with location...

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Kobo eBook reader to be pre loaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook!

Kobo eBook reader to be pre loaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook!

BlackBerry and Kobo have just announced a pretty awesome partnership. In addition to Kobo adding BBM integration to their BlackBerry application, they have now also confirmed the application will come preloaded on the all new BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, looking back at the BlackBerry PlayBook video one could have guessed that this was coming. As you can see in the above pic from the video...

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.973 for the BlackBerry Storm2 9520

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.973 for the BlackBerry Storm2 9520

It's been a while since the BlackBerry 9520 saw any love, so I'm sure a lot of you out there are happy to see OS 5.0.0.973 pop up over at BBLeaks today. Grab your cables and fire up apploader or desktop manager to get started. Remember folks it's a leak, not currently an official OS, take caution. Disclaimers apply as always. Let us know in the comments any changes you see! *OS Disclaimer -...

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